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Relationship between International Law of Igos and General Principles of Law

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This chapter considers first each type of legal system separately, and then establishes the relationship between them. It examines the reason for the modern trend away from national law. The national law of a particular State has the great advantage of being a relatively fully developed and precise legal system. General principles of law play a large rôle as the primary source of both international law and intergovernmental organization (IGO) law, since neither contains many positive rules of its own on the subject-matters one can consider in the present context: Commercial relations, torts and other relations of a private law nature. In order to avoid confusion, it is necessary to distinguish between international law, internal law of IGOs and general principles of law, and reserve the former for relations between sovereign communities. This does not prevent the two former from being supplemented by general principles of law.

Keywords:general principles of law; intergovernmental organization (IGO); international law; national law; sovereign communities



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